Capitol Hill Community Post | Spruce Street Mini Park survey closes March 14 – Please Participate and help shape the play area!

From Seattle Parks

Spruce St Mini Park Play Area survey closes on March 14, 2021. Seattle Parks and Recreation(SPR) encourages the neighborhood to participate in the short survey to provide input on the final design and play area equipment selection. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Public art installation above 12th and Pike

(Image courtesy: Sebastian Martinez)

From the University of Washington Photomedia program

A public art installation by students in the University of Washington’s Photomedia program, led by local artist Rafael Soldi, is on display on the windows of Capitol Hill’s Hybrid Space. Students in the upper-level class have focused on the idea of research in their art practice, narrowing in on specific topics through analysis and discovery. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill Branch Library book drop re-opens

From Kay Kirkpatrick, Adult Services Librarian — The Seattle Public Library

We thought Capitol Hill denizens might be interested to hear! With a minimum of fanfare the Capitol Hill Branch Library bookdrop has re-open for business. After closing almost a year ago on March 13, the branch drop is once again available to patrons who need to return borrowed items. Since the library is now fine-free, there’s no need to worry about any fines that might have accrued! We also have 2020 tax forms available to pick up inside the lobby. The branch has been open daily from 10-6 for restroom use for some time. Full details on where to find other services is available on our webpage.

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Capitol Hill Community Post | Hugo House names Rob Arnold Acting Interim Executive Director

From Hugo House

Following the resignation of former Executive Director Tree Swenson on February 19, Hugo House has named Rob Arnold as acting interim executive director. For the past three years, Arnold has served as Hugo House’s events curator and program director. In his expanded role, Arnold will oversee Hugo House operations until an interim ED can be named, in addition to his previous duties.

In the last full year of operation pre-COVID, 2019, Arnold’s events programming featured the voices of 365 different performers. Of those, 128, or 35 percent, were BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) individuals. Then in 2020, when COVID hit, these events went virtual, and 163 performers were featured, of which 86, or 53 percent, were BIPOC individuals. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Bailey Gatzert Elementary School Clean Up

Hi everyone. Principal Belle at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School is sponsoring a clean up around the school. It will occur on February 27th between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Supplies will be provided but bring your gloves if you like.

Principal Belle has recently had a fence installed along the school’s playfield. Huge effort on the school’s part to ensure the students remain healthy. I would like to hope that many of you will be able to join in with this clean up effort to further make the school a safe and inviting environment for all the students.

There are a number of you who are looking at Bailey Gatzert as a future home of learning for your children. This would also be a great time to meet others in the Bailey Gatzert community.

Bailey Gatzert Elementary School is a cherished asset of our community. Please come and support this cleanup.

More details here.

Capitol Hill Community Post | KEXP Presents Live Music Heals; New Coffee Collaboration with Caffe Vita

From KEXP and Caffe Vita

Seattle-based non-profit radio station KEXP has long championed the power of live music. Caffe Vita has spent the last 25 years keeping Seattle’s coffee and music lovers caffeinated. Now KEXP & Vita are collaborating on the very first KEXP coffee blend, with $2 from each bag donated to Keep Music Live with all donations matched by Caffe Vita.

The coffee collaboration will be officially launched tomorrow, Thursday February 18th, when KEXP will also be taking to the airwaves with a full day of radio programming dedicated to stories about why live music matters in the latest edition of their Music Heals series, Live Music Heals

For the past month, KEXP has been collecting stories from listeners and friends about the ways live music has helped them find connection, process difficulties, and enjoy music more deeply. For Live Music Heals, KEXP will share those stories, along with more that come in throughout the day, playing requests and live tracks, and highlighting the impact that COVID has had on live music venues and the role music lovers can play in keeping them in good shape to return when it’s safe. Listeners can tune in on Thursday Feb 18th from 7AM to 7PM Pacific at 90.3 FM in Seattle, online at KEXP.ORG and on the KEXP apps. The programming will be available for listening on-demand in the station’s streaming archive for two weeks following the broadcast. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | 16th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle Goes Virtual to Celebrate ‘Love & Light’

Film still from Coyote and Big Buff by Ilena Yeru Pegan (United States) in the Promise to the Planet environmental short film program.

From Northwest Film Forum

For the 16th Annual Children’s Film Festival Seattle (CFFS), Northwest Film Forum goes completely virtual to honor the theme of “Love & Light” amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

With sliding-scale, pay-what-you-can ticketing and a finely curated slate of films available on-demand, CFFS 2021 will be accessible to youth, families, and film lovers of any age, residing in any country.

To inspire empathy, understanding, and a nuanced view of the world, this year’s festival will feature four feature films and 16 short film programs representing 36 countries, with live-action and animated films delineated by age-appropriate viewing brackets. In total, there are 133 films in the festival this year. Continue reading

Capitol Hill Community Post | Capitol Hill Cooperative Preschool Open House

Are you looking for a great preschool environment for your child next year AND a wonderful, supportive, and learning community for you as a parent/caregiver? Capitol Hill Co-op (CHCP) offers all of this and more for children ages Infant – 5 years old!

Our professional teachers partner with our families to create exciting, safe, and educational play based environments in all of our classes and our parent education program supports parents and caregivers in their early childhood experience with their children.

Come learn about CHCP and our 2021-22 Class Offerings at our Virtual Open House!

When: Saturday, February 6th

Time: 10am – 11am

Where: Virtual (check out our website on the morning of the 6th for the dedicated Zoom link)

RSVP: None necessary… Just stop in our Virtual session for information about our school, to meet our teachers, and to get your questions answered!

Can’t make the open house? Contact our Registrar at and request a Virtual Circle Time visit in an ongoing class during the month of February.

OPEN ENROLLMENT for the 2021-22 school year begins March 1st!”

Capitol Hill Community Post | Give blood at T-Mobile Park (starts back Feb 9)

Bloodworks Northwest will be back at Seattle’s T-Mobile Park (1250 1st Ave S) in the Ellis Pavilion Room for our Seattle Mariners pop-up Feb 8, 9, 23, 25 & 27.

Donating blood is an act of kindness and love and one way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Diversity amongst donors is critical for patients needing on-going blood transfusions and giving blood in February is great way to honor African-American History Month (or Black History month)

Can’t make it to T-Mobile Park? We have lots of other convenient locations. Please sign up for the Mariners pop-up or another pop-up or at a center near you by using this link:

Your donation could put you in the driver’s seat! When you donate blood with Bloodworks between now and March 17, you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a car! The lucky winner will have their choice among 9 pre-selected new vehicles from Haselwood Auto Group. More info at

As an added benefit (during the month of February) all donors will automatically be tested for covid-19 antibodies and results mailed within 2 weeks of your donation.

Masks are required at all donation sites. To ensure social distancing, appointments are also required. Walk-ins, guests or anyone under 16 years of age are (unfortunately) not permitted. Have questions or need help booking an appointment? Please call 1-800-398-7888 or e-mail

Giving blood during the pandemic is a safe and essential action. For more info on how Bloodworks is keeping donors and staff safe, by abiding by all CDC, FDA and WA State Department of Health guidelines please visit:

Donors must wait 2 weeks after each COVID-19 vaccination dose for their next blood donation appointment. If you recently received a flu shot, there is no wait to donate.

Capitol Hill Community Post | JONATHAN CHOE’S article about Miller Park

From Eileen Hood

To Whom it May Concern,

I would like to register a formal complaint in regard to the news article reported by Jonathan Choe, which aired on KOMO 4, Friday, January 8, 2021.

I was returning home from work, Friday, January 8th about 1 pm and was approached by Jonathan Choe and a camera person as I entered the gate to my home. Jonathan indicated that he had already spoken to my son and wanted to ask me some questions about the micro grid project at Miller Park and the un-housed population currently living in the park. I explained to him I am a health care worker, I had just received my first COVID vaccine and I am suffering from Post Viral Syndrome due to having COVID in October. I had to hold the gate of my home to steady myself while we talked. I also noted that I suffer with asthma. He persisted in wanting to talk about the City of Seattle’s project and the folks currently living in the park. I live directly across the street from Miller Park and have watched the encampment grow over the course of the pandemic. Continue reading